Visiting Artist | January 18 - 31, 2022
Netta Yerushalmy came to MANCC in January of 2022 to develop and hone production elements of her new evening-length work MOVEMENT ahead of its March 2022 premiere. In this process, she has synthesized over 100 embodied citations from a range of dances across genres and cultures. She thinks of the work as a radical quilt of stolen material that stretches pluralism until it snaps. The project features a new score by Paula Matthusen and is performed by dancers hailing from Korea, Senegal, Israel, Taiwan, and across the United States.
The methodology of ‘sewing’ movement quotes together involves meticulously juxtaposing aesthetic, rhythmic, and affective sensibilities in radical and improbable ways. This is not mere cut and paste. Netta's goal is to make a dance that is as beautiful as it is complex, through which she offers a meditation on how cultural identities are inevitably inhabited in moving bodies, and how racial and gendered realities get entangled in this process. Multiplicity and discord are guiding creative principles. Through this work, Netta and her collaborators investigate and disrupt pre-existing hierarchies, institutionalized styles, and embodied cultures through performance.
For this residency (previously postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic), Yerushalmy and her collaborators worked in MANCC’s studio and black box spaces on various elements of production and with dramaturg Katherine Profeta as part of MANCC’s Embedded Writer Program. While in residence, Netta and her collaborators developed many different prongs of the work, from costume design to dramaturgical support, to refining the citations she crafts together in MOVEMENT. Netta and the MANCC staff hosted a Community Showing, in which Netta shared her work in development with FSU School of Dance faculty, students, the Dean of the College of Fine Arts, James Frazier and invited guests, followed by a dialogue about the work and the questions it presents to its audience. Among these include the questions about who makes or embodies stylized movement and if there is any movement that is “new,” medium based distinctions between a citation or “stolen” movement versus a cover or sample in popular music, and the blurry line between appreciation of – and examination of dance.
MOVEMENT premieres at 7:30pm, March 17th, 2022 at PEAK Performances in Montclair, New Jersey. peakperfs.org/event/movement/2022-03-20
This residency was supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (Embedded Writer Program), and the Sustainable Arts Fund for parent-artists.